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Pete Carlon named to Southland Conference's Hall of Honor

May 1, 2012

FRISCO, Texas – Former UT Arlington athletics director Pete Carlon, legendary Texas State women’s volleyball coach Karen Chisum and former McNeese State football player Kerry Joseph will soon be inducted into the Southland Conference’s Hall of Honor as the Class of 2012, the league announced Tuesday. Carlon, Chisum and Joseph will be enshrined during the Southland’s annual Honors Ceremony and Dinner May 22 at the San Luis Resort and Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

“We are thrilled about the 2012 Hall of Honor Class, and I believe Pete Carlon, Karen Chisum and Kerry Joseph represent all the great aspects of athletic administration, coaching, and participation as a student-athlete. Pete, Karen and Kerry are very worthy of induction to the Hall, and the Southland Conference has benefitted greatly from their service to the league.”

Carlon served as the director of athletics at UT Arlington from 1996 through 2012 and helped the Mavericks capture 48 Southland championships and three Southland Commissioner’s Cups.

A 1975 graduate of Iowa State, Carlon’s 31-year career with UT Arlington began in 1981 when he became the school’s head athletics trainer. Since 1984, he has served as assistant or associate athletics director until he was named director of athletics in May 1996. He also twice served as interim director of athletics in 1991 and 1995.

During Carlon’s first tenure as interim athletics director from September 1991 to December 1992, UT Arlington claimed five team conference titles and was named the second-best Division I program in the nation in terms of commitment to gender equality by the Women’s Sports Foundation.

In Carlon’s first year as the permanent athletics director (1996-97), UT Arlington claimed both the men’s and women’s Southland Conference All-Sports trophies for the first time in the school’s history. Two years later in the 1998-99 season, UT Arlington again claimed the two all-sports trophies and won the Southland Commissioner’s Cup, an award that recognizes the conference’s best overall athletics program. In the 15 years of the Commissioner’s Cup existence, UT Arlington has claimed the award three times and has finished among the top three schools in the standings nine times.

Following the 2009-10 academic year, Carlon was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He was one of 29 athletic directors in four geographic awards separated into seven categories to earn this distinction.

During his 12-year tenure as head athletics trainer, Carlon served as president of the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association (SWATA) and served on the SWATA Executive Board. He also served on the national board of directors for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), earning one of the highest honors by the organization with the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1997. He was inducted in the SWATA Hall of Fame in 1999 and the NATA Hall of Fame in 2005.

Carlon currently serves as the senior athletic director for administration at UT Arlington.

Chisum, the sixth winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I volleyball, completed her 32nd season at Texas State in 2011 by capturing her sixth Southland Conference regular season title and seventh tournament championship. With her 743 career victories, Chisum has established herself as one of the elite coaches in the NCAA.

After graduating from Texas State in 1972, Chisum began her coaching career as an assistant at Goodnight Middle School in San Marcos, Texas. Chisum quickly rose up the ranks to become the fifth head volleyball coach in Texas State program history in 1980.

As a coach, Chisum has compiled a 743-467-3 record in her 32 seasons, ranking her 14th all-time for the most Division I coaching victories. She is also just one of 20 coaches that have reached the 700-win plateau in his or her career.

In the Southland, Chisum led the Bobcats to regular season championships in 1991, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011 and to Southland tournament titles and berths in the NCAA tournament in 1991, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. For her merits, Chisum is a four-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year recipient, with the most recent award coming last season.

Not only has Chisum helped her players excel on the court, but Chisum has helped her players achieve great success in the classroom. A total of 33 different Bobcats have earned Southland All-Academic honors on 52 occasions under Chisum. As a team, the volleyball team won the Emmitt P. Shelton Academic Excellence Award three times. The award is given annually to the top Texas State men’s and women’s athletic teams with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Along with being in charge of the volleyball program, Chisum also serves as an assistant athletic director for the Bobcats, a position she has held for the past eight years.

In 2011, Chisum was named a Texas State Distinguished Alumni, an award that dates back to 1959 and acknowledges outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the individual’s chosen business, profession or life work on a national or international level. The award is the highest honor a Texas State alum can receive from the institution.

In 1994, Chisum became the first female to be accepted for membership in the “T” Association’s Hall of Honor. During her collegiate career, Chisum played on the softball and tennis teams. Induction into the Hall of Honor is the highest award for letterwinners at Texas State.

Chisum serves as a member for both the NCAA and American Volleyball Coaches Association voting committees for regional and national rankings. She also helps with volleyball clinics and camps for various programs throughout the United States.

Joseph, a four-year starting quarterback at McNeese State, led the Cowboys to one of its most successful stretches in program history. From 1992-96, Joseph led the Cowboys on the football field, on the track and around the community.

In four seasons at quarterback from McNeese, Joseph led his team to a 42-11 record, including two Southland Conference titles, four national rankings including No. 1 in 1995, four appearances in the NCAA Division I playoffs and an undefeated regular season (11-0) in 1995.

The year he led the Cowboys to an undefeated regular season, Joseph earned numerous awards and accolades, including being named the Southland Conference Player of the Year and receiving the James J. Corbett Memorial Award as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the state of Louisiana.

A member of the McNeese State Hall of Fame, Joseph totaled 9,676 offensive yards during his time as a Cowboy. He rushed for 1,802 yards on 535 carries and completed 565 of 1,114 passes for 7,874 yards and 67 touchdowns. His record for passing touchdowns still stands at McNeese.

Not only did Joseph excel on the football field where he set a total of 15 school records, he also earned all-conference honors in track and field as a javelin and discus thrower. He participated on the track and field team for three seasons, earning all-conference honors twice and placing second in the conference championship in the javelin and discuss in 1994.

After graduating from McNeese in 1996, Joseph was signed as a free agent by the National Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Washington Redskins in 1997. He played safety for the Seattle Seahawks for four seasons before signing with Ottawa in the Canadian Football League in 2003. In 2007, Joseph led Saskatchewan to the Grey Cup title in the CFL and was named the league’s MVP.

The Southland Conference Hall of Honor, established to recognize individuals who have played an instrumental role in the history, growth and development of the conference, inducted its first members in 1999. For more information on the Hall of Honor and its past inductees, visit


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